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Alternative Material For Superconducting Radio-frequency Cavity

In modern synchrotron sources and free-electron lasers, superconducting radio-frequency cavity resonators are able to supply electron bunches with extremely high energy. These resonators are currently constructed of pure niobium. Now an...
Related topics: Superconductors, Electrons

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The Skittle Pixel8r: Print The Rainbow

The dot-matrix printer may seem like a relic from the past, but just about every TV set, mobile device or laser printer still relies on creating images from a matrix of dots. They’re just smaller, and perhaps more colorful than the old Okidata...
Related topics: Printers

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Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Drone Lens, Laser Synth, And More

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Related topics: Drones, Crowdfunding

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Luminar's Cheap Lidar Could Be A Big Boost For Autonomous Vehicles

LiDAR (laser pulse-based radar) is an essential component of autonomous driving, as it's what vehicles use to detect obstacles like other cars or pedestrians in order to navigate around them. But LiDAR systems aren't cheap. Now, autonomous...

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Enriching Solid-state Batteries

Researchers at MIT have come up with a new pulsed laser deposition technique to make thinner lithium electrolytes using less heat, promising faster charging and potentially higher-voltage solid-state lithium ion batteries. Key to the new technique...
Related topics: Lithium

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Finally, Laser Strike Zones Are Here

People have long scoffed over my persistent advocacy of laser-strikes zones, but this thing is happening, people.

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The Simplest And Most Successful Experiment Onboard Apollo 11

How the Lunar Laser Retroreflector, still operating 50 years later, ended up going to the moon -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Moon, Space

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What Happens When You Explode A Chemical Bond?

Light-induced breakage of chemical bonds can lead to damage in the body and environment, but techniques for studying this photochemical reaction have been limited to before and after snapshots. With attosecond lasers and a technique to probe the...

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The Simplest And Most Successful Experiment Aboard Apollo 11

How the Lunar Laser Retroreflector, still operating 50 years later, ended up going to the moon -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Moon, Space

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Scientists Use Bounced Lasers To Determine Whether A Glass Of Water Is Pure

Scientists have come up with a high-tech method to work out whether water is pure using bounced lasers and sonar technology. Here's how it works — and what could make it so useful.

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Terahertz Technology Escapes The Cold

Scientists have achieved the first realization of a terahertz quantum cascade laser operating without cryogenic cooling. This feat heralds the widespread use of these devices in practical applications.
Related topics: Quantum, Physics

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Could Vacuum Physics Be Revealed By Laser-driven Microbubble?

Scientists have discovered a novel mechanism which they refer to as microbubble implosion (MBI) in 2018. In this study, the group confirmed that during MBI, an ultrahigh electrostatic field close to the Schwinger field could be achieved because...
Related topics: Physics, Scientific Discoveries

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How Is The New Switch Lite Different From The Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo After a phenomenal introduction two years ago, Nintendo is doing what Nintendo does and releasing a revised version of its Switch console in September. This one’s a budget version laser-focused on portable gaming. The Switch Lite will...
Related topics: Nintendo

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The Uk's High-energy Lasers Could Zap Drones And Missiles Out Of The Sky

The UK wants to take down enemy drones and missiles with high-energy light beams. The Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced that it's developing laser and radio frequency weapons. Referred to collectively as Direct Energy Weapons (DEW),...
Related topics: Drones

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Space-based Gravitational-wave Detector May Detect Strange Exoplanets

Enlarge / A depiction of one of the trio of satellites that will form the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna. (credit: NASA) The first detection of gravitational waves came via LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory)—an...
Related topics: Space, Exoplanets, Satellites, NASA

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Durability Test: Blackview Max 1 Phone With Laser Projector

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Blackview but the company has introduced the Max 1. It’s not just another Android smartphone because it comes with a very special feature. The Blackview Max 1 comes equipped with a LASER...
Related topics: Mobile Technology, Android

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Mars 2020 Rover Gets A Super Instrument

From NASA Larger view Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have installed the SuperCam Mast Unit onto the Mars 2020 rover. The instrument’s camera, laser and spectrometers can identify the chemical and...
Related topics: Mars Rover Curiosity, Mars, Space, NASA

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High Brightness Mid-infrared Laser Expands Horizon Of Spectroscopic Analytical Technique

Researchers have used an extremely bright mid-infrared laser to perform an analytical technique known as spectroscopic ellipsometry. The new approach captures high-resolution spectral information in less than a second and could offer new insights...

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This Hurricane-proof Home Is Made From 600,000 Plastic Bottles

One structure, two solutions to climate change issues: excess waste and extreme weather. From a distance, a new home in rural Nova Scotia looks like it might be made of wood. But the structure—hidden under recycled aluminum siding...
Related topics: Hurricanes

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The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment At A Time

Breakthrough demonstrations using defective diamonds, high-flying drones, laser-bathed crystals and other exotica suggest practical, unhackable quantum networks are within reach -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Quantum, Physics, Drones

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